Safari Northern Circuit & Zanzibar

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Day 1 : Arusha

Welcome in Africa! Welcome in Tanzania!

After arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our representative will transfer you to Arusha.

It is a 1 firm hour drive from the airport. 

 

Day 2 : Arusha

A nice day to relax! A representative  will visit you today to answer all your questions.

The lodge has a nice garden and swimming pool with sun beds. You can walk into the city center yourself or take a guide with you. The guide will take you into public transport, the food market and show you how the Tanzanian’s live. 

Many other activities are organized by the lodge, but perhaps relaxing at the pool is also a very good way to start your holiday.

Once you walk out of the gate of the lodge you can easily do a little hike around the lodge. We are pretty sure you will come back with some nice photos!

Day 3 : Northern Serengeti

In the morning you will be picked up for the transfer to Arusha Airport. From there you will fly in a 14 seater to Kogatende Airstrip in the Northern part of the Serengeti. Your guide is waiting there for you. Game en route to the camp where you will discuss your daily program.  Mara River is the place where the migration is crossing. Depending on weather conditions you will see it there!

During the Great Migration these planes are literally covered in animals, wildebeests and zebras, in search of grazing and water and participating in one of the largest annual movements of mammals on earth. During the dry season, the herds mass on both banks of the Mara River, frequently crossing and braving the crocodile in response to local weather patterns that only they seem to understand.

  

Day 4 : Northern Serengeti

Wake up early in the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Your driver is ready again to take you back inside the park in search for more wildlife! You can chose to take lunchboxes with you to have the full day in the park or go back to the camp for lunch and maybe relax a little.

The driver takes you on a search for the lions, leopard and cheetah. And what did you think of these large numbers of hippos in one of the pools in the park, or maybe the vervet moneys or baboons manage to charm you with their acrobatic tricks. Giraffes that elegantly move over the planes, high above everything and everyone, eating the leaves from the acacia trees without even bothering about the thorns, the gracious flights of the (not so gracious) vultures, hyenas trying to defend their prey from the lions. All in all a day full of unforgettable impressions!

At the end of the afternoon you return to Kati Kati Mara Camp for a sun downer and dinner!

 

Day 5 : Central Serengeti

Today you will go game en route to the center of the Serengeti, Seronera. You will pass different areas like Lobo area with their impressing kopjes!

Your next overnight accommodation is Thorntree Camp. This tented camp has brand new tents! Because of the nearby presence of water there is game around all year long. There are only 10 en-suite safari tents. From the camp you will have a beautiful view of Banagi Hill and the Serengeti Plains.

Day 6 : Ngorongoro Region

Today you have to rise early! Your driver will take you to one of the most special places on this planet: The Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, and before you descent in the crater you have a beautiful view from the crater rim.

The crater is a non-active volcano, to reach the crater floor you have to make quite a descent. In the Ngorongoro crater the diversity in animals and flora is immense. All the animals of the “Big Five” (elephant, black rhino, buffel, leopard and the lion) can be found in the crater. Today it is your chance to see the rare black rhino. In Lake Magadi, the alkaline lake in the crater, flamingos look for their food while hippos cool down in the sweet water pools after their grazing outing at night. In the Lerai Forest elephant with giant tusks pull leaves and branches from the trees while on the plains wildebeests, zebras and antelopes are grazing. Lions often look for the shade, sometimes even the shade of a car. The high numbers of animals and the imposing landscape with the crater walls make a day in the crater and overwhelming experience!

In the afternoon you will leave the park and drive to the town of Karatu. Your next overnight address will be Marera Valley Lodge.

 

Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater

Activities and Services

Day 7 : Missing Point

It is a 1,5 hour drive to Tarangire National Park, on your way to the park you pass through the Maasai steppes, pass Maasai villages and see the Maasai herding their cattle.

Tarangire National Park is a not so famous park. However it has a lot to offer! With 550 different bird species, it is a birders paradise. Nowhere in East Africa will you find so many bird species in one area! The park is also well known for their big herds of elephants.

The landscape of Tarangire is very diverse, from the with Baobab studded plains to the always green marshes. Through the park meanders the Tarangire River, it did not only give the park its name, but is also the reason for the animals to stick in the area. In the dry season, when the river is often not more than a mud stream or even totally gone, the elephants dig holes in the riverbed, looking for underground streams. Also the other animals in the park enjoy a drink from these by elephants made waterholes. In the raining season the river can grow to a thundering river, depending on the amount of rain upstream. In Tarangire National Park you enjoy a pick nick lunch with lunchboxes carried from Ilboru.

At the end of the afternoon you will arrive at Sangaiwe Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight. This camp is located just 5 minutes outside the park borders. From the terrace at your tented room or from the swimming pool you will have a great view of Lake Burunge.

 

Activities and Services

Day 8 : Jambiani

After breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha airport. It is about 2,5 hours drive. There you will say goodbye to the driver guide of the last week. 

You will fly to Zanzibar in about 1 to 1,5 hour.  

Please note: for this flight you are allowed to bring 20 kilos of luggage each, packed in soft bags!

At Zanzibar airport a driver will be waiting for you to bring you to Jambiani, it is a 1 hour drive.

The next nights you will stay at The Loop Beach resort.

The atmosphere at The Loop Beach Resort is casual and trendy.

Via the beach it is easy to visit other accommodations for a lunch, dinner or drink. But watch the tides: the difference between low and high tide on Zanzibar is big. When the tides change, the sea gets the beautiful colors. 

In Jambiani there is always a nice wind. That is why you will see kite surfers and other water sports being done. 

 

Days 9 - 11 : Jambiani

Enjoy your time at the beach.

Day 12 : End of Itinerary

Depending on your flight details, a driver will transfer you to Zanzibar airport for your flight home.

Your holiday has come to an end. An unforgettable journey with long lasting memories that you share together.

In Kiswahili we say Kwa Heri (goodbye) and Karibuni Tena (welcome again).

  

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